An Open Thank-You to FOCUS

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 To all FOCUS missionaries, especially Becca, Emily, Jacob, Thomas, JD, Brian, Courtney, Maddi, Molly, and Peter, who served at SRU, and Shannon, my friend from SRU who said yes to FOCUS. Moving in with FOCUSItContinue reading “An Open Thank-You to FOCUS”

God Bless America

There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, truth, and life. St. Teresa of Calcutta Tomorrow is the 4th of July, which entails a day of cookouts, yard games, fireworks, and family fun to celebrate America’s independence. We often hear the cliches that America is the best country inContinue reading “God Bless America”

5 Intentional Ways to Create Community

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:47-48 In my last post, I talkedContinue reading “5 Intentional Ways to Create Community”

We’re Made for Community

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 When I was in college, I learned from the Newman Center and our FOCUS missionaries the importance of community. Looking back on my time at Slippery Rock, I always had something to do at the Newman Center, and someone who I loved was always there.Continue reading “We’re Made for Community”

5 Fruitful Ways to Practice Intercessory Prayer

Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. St. Padre Pio Intercessory prayer, or praying for others and their intentions, is so important. With so many people asking us for prayer intentions and knowing that the Lord wants us to pray for our brothers and sisters, weContinue reading “5 Fruitful Ways to Practice Intercessory Prayer”

Why We Have to Set the World on Fire

I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! Luke 12:49 What does it mean to set the world on fire for Jesus? Does it mean that the whole world knows him? Maybe it means that the whole world loves him, or that the whole world follows him.Continue reading “Why We Have to Set the World on Fire”

How We Participate in Pentecost

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:3-4 I sometimes think about getting a small, black-line minimalist tattoo of a flame.Continue reading “How We Participate in Pentecost”

How I Overcame Spiritual Comparison

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 I think we all struggle with comparison to some degree. I think everyone at some pointContinue reading “How I Overcame Spiritual Comparison”

My Second Home, The Newman Center

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:25 Going to the Newman Center is like going back inside your warm house after playing in the snow. Playing outside is nice for aContinue reading “My Second Home, The Newman Center”

I Love You

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16 What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Does it conjure images of red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, chalky conversation hearts, or awkward middleContinue reading “I Love You”